In the first episode we are introduced to Eddie and Joy Stark, who have been married for 8000+ days while their new next door neighbors Steph and Jeff Woodcock are young newlyweds. The young couple ends up having an argument over a pool table which ends up migrating next door.
The couples engage in an age old battle and the men soon realize that their wives are trading sex for household power.
When the Woodcocks and the Starks go out for a thank-you dinner, Joy yearns for more romance from Eddie and asks him why she never received the engagement ring she was promised. With a little help from Jeff, Eddie gives Joy a ring.
Eddie looks to the newlyweds next door to help him keep his woodpile in the garage when Joy tells him to "use it or lose it."
Eddie doesn't realize that Joy knows what he's doing when he tells her a lie about practicing with his band.
Jeff is thrilled when his mother comes for a visit, but tension builds between him and Steph when he chooses his mother over her. Jeff goes to his neighbors for help, but ends up more conflicted than ever. Between Joy insisting he send his mom home and Eddie instructing him to secretly make his mom No. 1, Jeff must learn the delicate art of balancing the women in his life.
Steph and Jeff convince Eddie and Joy to join them for a getaway in the mountains, but when Steph tells Jeff she had an erotic dream about Eddie, their vacation is anything but relaxing for the Woodcocks.
After an injury Eddie is sure that he's going to die. With that fear Eddie and Joy rekindle the romance. Eddie decides to take advantage of the situation when he finds out he's fine, by not telling Joy the truth.
When Joy attempts to persuade Eddie that unplugging the toaster saves electricity, Eddie is convinced that his wife is mistaken. Stubbornly, they bicker until Eddie decides to take it to the next level and goes out of his way to prove Joy wrong in a series of failed attempts. It doesn’t take long before Eddie and Joy come to realize their childish behavior is inappropriate when they ruin Steph's surprise party.
Eddie and Joys daughter, Allison (guest star Krysten Ritter), comes home for the holidays to celebrate New Years with her parents. When she gets some bad news from her boyfriend, Allison turns to her mother for help, leaving a snubbed Eddie perplexed. At the Woodcocks New Year's Eve party, Eddie lightens up his mood to impress his daughter, but as the clock strikes midnight and a new year begins, Allison realizes she likes her "big, dark, angry, wonderful dad" just the way he is.
While attending Vicki and Stan's 25th anniversary party, Joy can't help feeling jealous at the attention Stan pays to his wife. Eddie gets advice from Stan about his role in the marriage. Jeff is embarrassed by Steph's dancing.
Jeff is heartbroken and angry when Steph reveals that she won't be his Hockey Girl any longer. Eddie later muses that it's normal for new couples to lie and that they will eventually grow apart because of it, but Joy insists that she and Eddie are actually becoming more similar as they grow old together. As Jeff tries to accept that his wife is not the woman he thought she was, Eddie tries to prove to Joy that he is his own man.
Joy and Eddie have a fight and Joy turns to her friend Nicole. Eddie has no choice but to team up with Nicole's husband Cofeld.
Eddie gets permission from Joy to have a female friend, but it doesn't turn out as she planned when he bonds with her. Meanwhile, Jeff uses Steph to get in with the cool kids at high school.
The guys take Jeff out for the bachelor party he never had, but Nicole tags along with Cofeld and things don't go as planned.
Jeff and Eddie sort through Eddie's old junk and find a roll of film. They develop it and it reminds Eddie of a lousy trip he took with Joy to Italy, so he tries to recreate it at home.
Eddie and Joy visit Allison and share a dorm room with a partying single father. When they find out Allison's new major, they try to convince her to stick to her guns.
When the Woodcocks and Cofelds get together, Eddie and Joy try to get back together with Jeff and Steph.
When Eddie and Joy get a cappucino machine, Eddie has to make all the coffee and resents Joy for not doing it. When he complains, she starts listing all the things that he doesn't do.
Joy accompanies Allison on her spring break in Florida, leaving Eddie alone in the house and looking forward to spending quality time with his TV set. Then a storm knocks out the cable.
When one of Eddie’s idols comes for a visit who is single, Eddie is in awe, but Joy is not impressed by Webby’s (guest star Ted McGinley) wild adventures and exotic travels lifestyle. To Joy, a committed relationship is what Webby is running away from and that is the one thing that can make him happy.
Allison brings Doug home to meet her parents on summer vacation, and Jeff and Joy feel left out.